Thursday, January 19, 2012

Amazon January Update

Happy New Year.  We hope that this year is starting out very well for you and that this coming year will be filled with joy and happiness.

We had a nice Christmas service and there were over 300 people in attendance.  We had a wonderful time of worship, a presentation from some of the kids in the church, in which Camilly and Alyssa were participants (click here to see video), and a great Christmas message.  Then some of the members of the church performed a Christmas play about the birth of Jesus.  The actors did a great job and the play really held the attention of all the people at the church.  Once again this year the men of the church purchased a cow and with the help of the members of the church we had the opportunity to serve dinner to everyone that was at the church service.  There was so much food and no one went home hungry.  

We also had a Christmas party with the leaders of the church at our house.  We had a really nice time of fellowship.  This is a really good group of people who love the Lord and love to have fun with one another.  It is nice to get together to share a meal, laugh, and fellowship.  We are thankful that the Lord has placed so many people into our lives.  We also had a Christmas celebration with our home group.  Everyone brought some food and pop and we ate together.  If you are ever in the neighborhood, please stop by, our home group meets every Thursday nights and we think that you will like all the people that attend.   

The other day, Elba started the home group and I had not arrived.  When I arrived, Elba was doing and ice breaker game and everyone was talking about fruit and why they liked the fruit.  The question came to me and I said that I like mangoes because they are sweet and really good.  Everyone started laughing and I just scratched my head trying to figure out why they were laughing.  I later found out that the question was “what fruit best describes you as a person and why?” Unfortunately, my answer went like “I like mango because I am very sweet and really hot”.  Portuguese!  Unfortunately, this is probably not going in God’s file that says “A fool for Christ”, I think it will just remain under “fool”.  

Camilly and Alyssa enjoyed their Christmas immensely.  They received some clothes which is always a big hit for them, however, the surprise came when they opened one of their presents and found roller skates.  They were overjoyed and so excited.  Camilly said that she was dreaming about getting a pair of roller skates.  We were so happy that they liked them and that we could help be a part of fulfilling just one of the many dreams that they have.  

Prayer request:  Elba has been in a lot of pain and we discovered that she has a cyst on her uterus.  Unfortunately, the doctor believes that surgery is needed so that it can be removed.  We are unsure if we are going to have the surgery done in Altamira, which will be more invasive, or go to Belém, where they have better medical services and the surgery would be less invasive.  Please join us to pray that Elba will be healed and no surgery would have to be performed.  We are praying that God will heal her completely, but we have not seen a healing occur yet. 

Please continue to keep us in your prayers for spiritual, physical, and emotional health.  Love and blessings, Steve, Elba, Camilly and Alyssa

Love and blessings, Steve, Elba, Camilly and Alyssa

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